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Afa S. Dworkin Appointed President & Artistic Director of Sphinx Organization

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Mar 16, 2015
Detroit, MI

The Board of Directors of the Sphinx Organization has announced the appointment of Afa S. Dworkin as president and artistic director of the organization effective July 20. Afa’s appointment follows the announcement that founder and president, Aaron P. Dworkin, will step down from his position to become the new dean of the University of Michigan’s School of Music, Theater & Dance.

Since 1999, Afa has served as artistic director and vice president of programming for the organization, having also held the position of executive and artistic director for the past two years. "The board is overwhelmingly excited to welcome Afa to this new role," Board Chair Dr. William H. Carson said. "This appointment marks a new chapter in the organization's history. Through this transition and selection process, it became abundantly clear that Afa represents the pinnacle of the key criteria critical to success in this position.  Her unmatched understanding of Sphinx's mission and history as its executive director and her capacity to inspire those around her represent a few of the many qualities which contributed to the board's unanimous decision regarding her appointment." She will now oversee a $4.6 million dollar organization with a combined staff and faculty of more than 40.
Dworkin is a professional violinist with early training from the highly regarded Russian school of violin playing, and bachelor's and master's degrees with distinction from the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance. She is a frequent panelist and speaker on the topics of diversity, access and inclusion in the arts including the National Endowment for the Arts, Americans for the Arts, League of American Orchestras, National Association of Schools of Music and many others.  
Her tenure as executive director included successful oversight of the fundraising operations, as well as building relationships with major partners and supporters. She currently or has previously served on leading boards of directors including the Walnut Hill School for the Arts and the National Guild for Community Music Education and has been recognized for her dynamic leadership and accomplishments including most recently being named one of Crain's 40 Under 40 Honorees. Dworkin herself embodies a diverse mosaic of cultures, which have been reflected in her artistic convictions as a champion for new music with a focus on inclusion.  

About Sphinx Organization
Sphinx is the national organization dedicated to transforming lives through the power of diversity in the arts. Through its programming, Sphinx reaches approximately 20,000 young people and 2 million in live and broadcast audiences.  Its flagship programs include the annual national Sphinx Competition, the Sphinx Virtuosi Tour highlighting performances at Carnegie Hall, SphinxCon (the national convening for diversity in the arts) and yearlong grassroots efforts in music education.
Pictured Above: Afa S. Dworkin

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